Monday, May 9, 2011

Greek Tradition: Great Grades

Did you know that for the past 30 years the KU Greek GPA has remained above the KU All-Student GPA? Take advantage of being Greek and all the resources our community has to offer within the next two weeks. Use Greek Tutors, they are free and always willing to help! Ask your sisters to help you study by quizzing you on your flash cards or making sure you stay focused. Have a quick question on a tough subject? Chances are someone in your house is a math wiz, or is practically fluent in French. Your sisters are a great resource.

Keep up the great work and use this week before finals to start studying early and avoid cramming or pulling an "all-nighter". Here are a few tips from the Academic Access and Achievement Center on how to study effectively.

Top Ten Tips For Better Study Habits

1. Plan two hours study time for every hour you spend in class.

If you are taking 15 credit hours, plan to spend 30 hours per week studying. The benefits of following this rule will be apparent at exam time.

2. Study difficult (or boring) subjects first.

Most of us tend to do what we like first, yet the courses we find most difficult often require the most creative energy. Save the subjects you enjoy for later.

3. Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions.

When possible, study in shorter sessions. Three three-hour sessions are far more productive for most people than one nine-hour session. When you do study in long sessions, take a planned break every hour. If you must study in a large block of time, work on several subjects and avoid studying similar subjects back to back.

4. Be aware of your best time of day.

Many people learn best in daylight hours. Observe yourself, and if this is true for you, schedule study time for your most difficult subjects when the sun is up.

5. Use waiting time.

Five minutes waiting for a bus, 20 minutes waiting for the dentist, 10 minutes between classes - waiting time adds up fast. Have short study tasks ready to do during these times.

6. Use a regular study area.

Your body knows where you are. When you use the same place to study, day after day, your body becomes trained. When you arrive at that particular place, it will automatically sense that it's time to study. You will focus your concentration more quickly.

7. Don't get too comfortable.

In bed, your body gets a signal. For most students, it's more likely to be, 'Time to sleep," rather than, "Time to study!" Give your body a message that energy is needed. Put yourself into a situation that supports that message.

8. Avoid noise distractions.

Don't study in front of the TV. Turn off the stereo. The overwhelming majority of research indicates that silence is the best form of music for study.

9. Pay attention to your attention.

Breaks in concentration are often caused by internal interruptions; your own thoughts jumping in to tell you another story about the world. When that happens, notice the thoughts and let them go.

10. Use a library.

Libraries are designed for learning. Entering a library is a signal to your body to quiet the mind and get to work. Take advantage of the following seven libraries we have on campus!

Anschutz Science Library

Open 24 hours per weekday, opening at 10 am Sunday and closing at 8 pm Fridays

Wheat Law Library in Green Hall

M-R 7:30am - 11:00pm
F 7:30am - 10:00pm
Sa 9:00am - 10:00pm
Su 10:00am - 11:00pm

Murphy Art and Architecture Library in Spencer

M-R 8:00am - 10:00pm
F 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sa noon - 5:00pm
Su 1:00pm - 10:00pm

Music Library in Murphy Hall

M-R 8:00am - 10:00pm
F 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sa noon - 5:00pm
Su 1:00pm - 10:00pm

Spahr Engineering Library at Learned Hall

M-R 8:00am - midnight F 8:00am - 8:00pm
Sa 10:00am - 5:00pm
Su noon-midnight

Spencer Research Library

M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sa noon - 4:00pm

Watson Library

M-R 8:00am - midnight
F 8:00am - 8:00pm
Sa 10:00am - 8:00pm
Su 10:00am - midnight


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